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Poster: drworm01 Date: Jan 20, 2017 4:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: PD Kung Fu Question

Just watched Kung Fu Arts, aka Hou fu ma; Monkey Love; Kung Fu: Monkey, Horse, Tiger; and Raging Tiger vs. Monkey King. (IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081016/) It's a Taiwanese film from 1978 and this dubbed print has no copyright information whatsoever. Also, there's no mention of it under any of the titles on copyright.gov.

That last point is what's making me pause. PD films generally have several entries in some form, either from companies claiming new covers for video releases or as part of long lists of bulk transfers of literal copies. This doesn't show up at all.

Is this safe to upload? It's from 1978 so it's right at the copyright transition point which means there'd have to be a record of copyright being claimed after the fact, but there's also the question of GATT. Does that apply to Taiwanese films?

And I guess my broader question would be is it safe in general to upload these old kung fu films if they lack copyright information on the print or is some other system governing them? I'm going through a handful of Mill Creek sets specifically looking for PD content and I'd rather not bother the forum with questions for each and every one of them.

Thanks for your help.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 21, 2017 3:40am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Kung Fu Question

China is a signatory to Gatt. I imagine it applies.

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Poster: drworm01 Date: Jan 27, 2017 2:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Kung Fu Question

Thank you for answering the initial post. That clears some of it up, but I still have a couple questions.

Does GATT even apply to Taiwan? Taiwan has applied for WTO status, but, as recent political events remind us, there's questions as to whether they're an independent country or part of China. Do Chinese treaty agreements apply to Taiwan?

Also, does GATT give copyright holders the chance to reapply their domestic copyrights internationally if they so choose, or does it happen automatically? This is really the larger question of how do you find out if something has or hasn't been GATT'd? More specifically, though, are Chinese producers enforcing their copyright opportunities on these old films the same way British and Italian producers have?

This is such a garbage law.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 27, 2017 7:11pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: PD Kung Fu Question

Good questions, but I have no definitive answers.You can always take a chance...